Air Tractor president briefs Congressional staff

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Jim Hirsch, president of Air Tractor, and a board member of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA), briefed staff of the U.S. House of Representatives this week on the Export-Import Bank’s importance to small businesses.airtractor11

Based in Olney, Texas, with about 260 employees, Air Tractor manufactures airplanes used to treat crops and fight fires. The Export-Import Bank helps support about a quarter of the company’s overall sales and has allowed it to grow by developing new markets in places such as Spain and South America, Hirsch said in his remarks.

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Searey introduces frise aileron

TAVARES, Florida — Progressive Aerodyne, manufacturer of Searey Light Sport amphibious airplanes, has developed a new Frise aileron for all new factory-built Searey Elite and Searey Sport model airplanes.

The new aileron, developed by Progressive Aerodyne engineers, is a milestone improvement in Searey flight control, according to company officials.

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First flight: Sun Flyer

DENVER, Colorado – The single-seat technology demonstrator for the “Sun Flyer” solar-electric airplane completed first flight tests and will make its public debut July 27 in Oshkosh, the evening before the official start of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh.

Sun Flyer, being developed by Aero Electric Aircraft Corp. (AEAC) in conjunction with its development partners, Bye Aerospace and PC-Aero, are planning to offer the first U.S.-sponsored, practical, all-electric airplane serving the training, recreational and general aviation markets. AEAC is also collaborating with Redbird Flight Simulations to offer a pilot training system.

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Able Flight’s Class of 2014 to get their wings at Oshkosh

Able Flight‘s newest pilots will receive their wings at a pinning ceremony at EAA AirVenture.

This year’s class includes two pilots who are quadriplegics, one who is a paraplegic, one who has a spinal condition and two who have lost one or more limbs. Two of the new pilots are wounded veterans and another is a veteran who was disabled while in service.

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Sennheiser plans AirVenture activities

OSHKOSH — Aviation headset manufacturer Sennheiser has unveiled a packed agenda at this year’s EAA AirVenture Oshkosh with sponsorships, a flight pinning ceremony, and the fifth annual Podapalooza social media gathering.

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Aircraft Tool Supply celebrates 40th anniversary

OSCOLA, Mich. — Aircraft Tool Supply, a manufacturer and distributor of sheet metal tools, riveting products, inspection equipment, and aircraft engine maintenance tools, is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year.

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Avflight offers fuel discount to AirVenture attendees

Stop at Avflight at Salina Regional Airport (KSLN) in Kansas n your way to and from AirVenture 2014 and receive a discount of 10 cents a gallon on full-service purchases. Avfuel Contract Fuel and AVTRIP Points are available, according to company officials.

For more information: 785-825-6739 or Avflight.com

The story behind Aeroshell’s iconic cow poster

As many of you read this, you may be on your way to EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, slated for July 28-Aug. 3. I hope to be there this year and may see some of you.

I always enjoy Oshkosh, but one of my best memories is of the 1993 Aeroshell Speed Dash and the world-renowned cow poster. If you have not seen a cow poster, you’ve missed the absolute peak of general aviation advertisement. How it happened is another story.

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July 23 hearing to examine state of aviation manufacturing

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The House Aviation Subcommittee, chaired by U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ), will hold a hearing July 23 to review the state of American aviation manufacturing, including economic health and challenges facing the industry.

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Volunteers help reopen L88 runway

Volunteers from Tehachapi, Bakersfield, Santa Maria and Shafter in California worked hard this past Saturday to assist the airport owner re-open the runway in New Cuyama, California.

The group of 20 pilots and aviation enthusiasts were brought together by a common theme: Roll up your sleeves and help save an airport.

The airport remains on the Los Angeles Sectional but is listed as “indefinitely closed” in the California AFD.   It is listed as a privately owned, public use airport. [Read more...]